PRINCE GEORGE'S, CO., MD - The Prince George's County Police Department says one of their officers was shot and killed in Brandywine, off-duty, while assisting a neighbor in a domestic dispute.
They identified the fallen officer as Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin, 51.
According to their preliminary investigation, around 10:45 a.m., a neighbor came to Corporal Ramzziddin's home to ask for help. He was off-duty.
Police say the neighbor was being threatened by her estranged husband outside of her home on Chadsey Lane.
During that encounter, the suspect, Glenn Tyndell, 37, of Largo, who was armed with a shotgun, shot Corporal Ramzziddin five times. He died on the scene, but the female neighbor wasn’t hurt.
"He led a consequential life and he suffered a consequential death, but he saved her life by giving his own," says Chief of Police, Hank Stawinski.
After shooting Corporal Ramzziddin, police say Tyndell fled in a black SUV with Corporal Ramzziddin's gun.
A short time later, police say Charles County Sheriff's deputies spotted Tyndell's SUV on Berry Road, near Bensville Road, and began a pursuit.
The pursuit went back into Prince George's County, where county officers joined.
Police say Tyndell eventually bailed from his SUV on Indian Head Highway near Old Fort Road where there was an exchange of gunfire with officers.
Chief Hank Stawinski said two of his officers were involved in the exchange with Tyndell that fatally wounded him. No other officers were hurt.
Police say Corporal Ramzziddin did not fire his weapon in his exchange with Tyndell, but did notice that casings were missing when the weapon was later recovered. They are investigating to see how many, if any, were used during Tyndell's exchange with officers.
Police say Tyndell had three open warrants for second degree assault. Both his estranged wife and ex-wife sought protective orders in court because of his violent behavior.
He was employed by Metro as a mechanic.
During his 14 years with the police department, police say Corporal Ramzziddin was assigned to District III, District IV, the WAVE Unit and the Gang Unit before his final assignment with the Special Operations Division at the Harbor Unit.
Corporal Ramzziddin, a retired Marine, is an only son and leaves behind a wife and four children. In 2006, he received a Silver Medal of Valor Award for his courage engaging an armed suspect.
An escort of fellow brothers and sisters in blue followed Corporal Ramzziddin's body to the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore.
Police say funeral arrangements for Corporal Ramzziddin are still being finalized.
Their investigations into Wednesday's tragic events continue.